Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only storyline in Milwaukee that mattered this offseason and was the biggest question mark in the NBA heading into the 2020-21 NBA season. The Bucks’ front-office made it very clear that they intended to do everything in their power to sign Antetokounmpo to one of the largest NBA contracts in league history and they did so, getting their 2x MVP to agree to a five-year, $228M contract-extension, making him the highest paid player in NBA history. Could they make a big move next to acquire Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls?
The Greek Freak is one of the NBA’s most unstoppable players and the scary thing is he is getting better. The one thing teams have been able to do to neutralize the damage Giannis has done to them over the years is force him to be a shooter, but he is starting to knock down more and more shots from outside the paint.
Antetokounmpo has now won back-to-back MVP’s and looks to be the first player to win three consecutive MVP’s since Larry Bird did from 1984-1986 with the Boston Celtics. Not only were they able to re-sign him long-term, but they also were able to bring in Jrue Holiday to pair with Giannis and Khris Middleton in hopes to finally win a title.
Holiday has been known over the years for being a spectacular two-way player in the back-court and last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and shot 45.5% from the floor and 35.3% from beyond-the-arc. In a four-team trading involving Milwaukee and New Orleans, the Bucks traded away Eric Bledsoe (to the Pelicans), George Hill (to the Thunder), two future first-round picks (to the Pelicans), and the rights to swap two additional first-round picks to the Pelicans in exchange for the former All-Star.
Milwaukee gave up a lot to land Holiday and solidify themselves as a true championship contender, but they may not be done yet. There is a window for the Bucks to add another high-level talent at some point this season and they could potentially be eyeing Bulls guard Zach LaVine.
He is only owed $19.5 million this season and if the Bucks wanted to, they could potentially add him to the mix, giving them four high-level talents to compete for a championship.
Let’s take a look at how the Bucks could possibly bring in LaVine to create a four-player machine on the offensive end of the court with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way.